Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who has been out since March 20 with a high ankle sprain, could return from the longest absence of his career against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
James plans to test his ankle and make a game-time decision, sources said. He had been listed as out for Friday’s game, but he is expected to be upgraded to questionable, sources told ESPN.
If James sits out Friday, he’s likely to return as soon as Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, sources said.
The Lakers have lost four of the past five games and are 8-13 this season without James, who is averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
Los Angeles, which started the season with a 21-6 record, now sits fifth in the Western Conference standings at 36-26 and has just a one-game lead over the No. 6 Dallas Mavericks and a two-game lead over the No. 7 Portland Trail Blazers with 10 games left in the regular season.
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